I travel to immerse myself in other cultures and, as I work in food, that often happens at the table. While in India, I was eating everything from street food to refined white tablecloth dining, but my favorite experience was the home-cooked food from Shashi.
Shashi is a woman with amazing fortitude (her life story includes an ex-husband who was murdered and embezzling in-laws) and she has taken her cooking skills and turned it into a job.
We were invited into her home where she taught us her cooking tips and shared her recipes for everything from paneer cheese to paratha and chapati. After a multi-hour hands-on cooking class, we sat down with her sons and had a meal that was perhaps the most memorable moment of my whole trip.